Texprint invites leading industry figures to judge four TEXPRINT® AWARDS: the Fashion Prize (£1,000), awarded for the best fashion fabric design in any discipline; the Interiors Prize (£1,000), awarded for the best fabric design for interiors and donated by The Clothworkers' Foundation; the Colour Prize (£1,000), awarded for the best use of colour donated by mode information; and the Pattern Prize (£1,000), awarded for the most creative pattern and donated by Liberty Art Fabrics.
The judges, some of whom work internationally and fly in often just for the day, meet the designers at the Texprint London exhibition. Here they review portfolios, talk at length to the designers, and deliberate carefully, before making their final decisions and announcing the short lists.
NEW for 2015: The Bedeck Design Award for Bed & Bath (£1,000 plus internship opportunity), donated by Bedeck, will be judged at Texprint London end June, and the winner announced at PremièreVision Designs, Paris, 16 September 2015
The Woolmark Company Texprint Award (£1,000 plus support from Woolmark), donated by The Woolmark Company, will be judged and the winner announced at PremièreVision Designs, Paris, 16 September 2015
The Miroglio Texprint Award for Digital Innovation (£1,000 plus internship opportunity), donated by Miroglio Textile Srl, will also be judged and announced at PremièreVision Designs, Paris, 16 September 2015
2015 Awards also include:
Arts Thread: Arts Thread online portfolios for the TEXPRINT® 2013 Top 50 designers selected at interview stage.
mode information: All 24 designers to be given a one year subscription to a professional magazine of their choice from a selection specified by Mode Information.
R. A. Smart Ltd: Offer to print two lengths of fabric for the designer whose work is considered the most appropriate.
Pantone: All 24 designers selected by Texprint receive a Pantone F+H Colour Guide.
WGSN: All 24 designers to be given a single user licence to WGSN for 1 year, free of charge.
*Judges for Texprint Awards 2014 were Sarah Campbell, renowned designer; Eifion Griffiths, CEO of Melin Tregwynt; Sue Roberts, design director Home at House of Fraser; and Henry Graham, chief creative officer of London retailer Wolf & Badger. The Lululemon Texprint Award was judged in London by Jill Chatwood, director of design at Lululemon Athletica. The judges for the Woolmark Texprint Award were Nino Cerruti, renowned designer and head of Biella-based textile mill Lanificio Fratelli Cerruti, and design duo Agi & Sam, UK-based menswear designers.
*Judges for Texprint Awards 2013 were Tamsin Blanchard, style director, the Telegraph Magazine; Emma Kidd, creative researcher Selfridges; designer Madeleine Press; Deanne Schweitzer, Lululemon Athletica; and Luigi Turconi, from Ratti. The judges for the Woolmark Texprint Award were John Walsh, managing director of Abraham Moon & Sons, Daliah Simble, head of sourcing & production, and Estelle Williams, collection development manager, at Roland Mouret. The Lululemon Texprint Award was judged in London by Deanne Schweitzer, SVP creation at Lululemon Athletica.
*Judges for Texprint Awards 2012 were Caroline Burstein creative director at Browns Fashion, Neisha Crosland renowned designer with eponymous interiors and accessories brands, and Paul Stamper senior designer, design perspectives, Renault Design. The judges for the Woolmark Texprint Award were Masahiro Oono textile project manager of Nikke, and James Dracup and James E Sugden OBE directors of Johnstons of Elgin. The Lululemon Texprint Award was judged in London by Sheree Waterson, executive vice president and chief product officer of Lululemon Athletica.
*Judges for Texprint Awards 2011 were Orla Kiely OBE, Sue Timney, David Shah, View Publications, Stuart Stockdale, design director of Jaeger, and Sophie Steller for Spinexpo. The judges for the Woolmark Texprint Award were Douglas Cordeaux, Fox Brothers & Co, and Keith Walker, managing director of Linton Tweeds.